Since Theresa May announced a snap election planned for June 8th, the British public have asked two important questions, why call for an election now after saying she wouldn’t and can May be trusted to lead this country?
I will put forward answers for both.
So firstly, why has Theresa May called for an election now after just weeks ago Downing Street firmly ruled out an early election. It is also not obvious what reasons Theresa May can give to justify such an abrupt U-turn. I suggest that apart from the obvious reason that she thinks she can win, this call for an early election is also a manipulation of the British public, using the uncertainty of Brexit as a promotion for a Conservative government. I don’t blame the Prime Minister for wanting an increased majority for her party, I do have a problem however with the timing of this call and on her as an individual.
Theresa May is a clever politician. She can sense the unease of the British public yet she also sees a window of opportunity, not simply because she thinks the Conservatives can gain some seats, but also to push for a hard Brexit and distract from the current state of the Conservative Party. The truth is the Conservative Party is in a state of disarray. The divisions within the party on such issues as Brexit, military spending, grammar school development and NHS spending have not simply disappeared after the European referendum. The Conservative Party has as many divisions as the Labour Party has, they are just better at hiding them.
There is reason to suggest that Theresa May called the snap election in part because she feared that numerous Tory MPs would be prosecuted for fraud over their 2015 election expenses. A recent Guardian article (link posted below) states that ‘The Crown Prosecution Service is considering reports from 12 police forces on alleged breaches of election spending limits by up to 20 Tory MPs. No one in the party has so far been charged with any offence, yet some critics believe May in part wanted to secure a heftier majority to guard against her current working majority of 17 seats being chipped away by by-election defeats.’ Theresa May is a scared woman who has decided to go back on her word to not stage an election, in order to both confirm her own role as well as her party’s manifesto of cuts and austerity.
As polls suggest that historic party affiliation doesn’t mean as much any longer, let’s look at Theresa May the politician and what values does this women holds. She has appointed the most right wing Cabinet since World War Two with Amber Rudd as Home Secretary, Boris Johnson as Foreign Minister and Liam Fox as Secretary of State for International Trade. Theresa May wants to leave the European convention on human rights, the convention that prohibits torture, protects the right to a free trial and the freedom of expression. Theresa May voted against adoption for same-sex couples. Theresa May voted against an equal age of consent. Theresa May even voted for ‘Section 28’ of the equal marriage bill which prohibits local authorities from ‘promoting homosexuality’. Theresa May pushed the ‘Snooper’s charter’ which keeps a record for 12 months of everybody’s internet activity, giving the government full access to it. Theresa May sent out those vans which had ‘go home’ written on the sides into ethnically diverse areas which encouraged racial tensions and an increase in race based hate crime.
This women is reportedly your safe pair of hands.
I will conclude this blog here as to expand upon my feelings on the up-coming election, supporting the campaign of the Labour Party while attempting to expose the Conservative Party’s motivations for this election, would take up far too many words. As this particular blog has been reasonably serious and joke-free, here are three election quotes I chuckled at.
Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.
I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
~Charles de Gaulle
I vote for whoever will annoy my dad.